The 'Blue Badge Limp'

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People think they have it off to a tee!
But a laughing stock they are to see.
A few variations, all with the one aim.
With added 'winces' part of fake pain.
It's not hard to master, their little trick.
To look unbalanced, in need of a stick.
To appear a little shaky, mobility poor.
They 'struggle' from car to a shop door.
A couple of 'limps' for an added effect.
Fooling nobody with their non defect!
But once in the shop a miraculous cure.
Suddenly they're not disabled no more!
But the Lazarus moment, alas is short. 
Their ailment returns it's safe to report.
As on returning to their car right on cue.
The 'blue badge limp' once again they do!


 

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Fred Varden

Fri 8th Dec 2017 23:24

Absolute unbridled brilliance!

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 8th Dec 2017 12:39

Having been accused of cynicism elsewhere, I can only say
that this sort of thing does go on. I recall a guy who used
a (now closed) bookies and had a disability sticker on the
car he used...tho' he himself seemed to have no problems
getting in and out of the shop, or to its front counter to put
on his bets. Maybe, the actual holder of the permit was his
dear old mother?! I use sticks to get around, and a backpack for shopping but have no problems driving my
car. I don't see the need to apply for a disability permit
although I can produce medical evidence. More power to
your elbow, Mike, in pursuing those who abuse a worthy
system. Social theft is the right term for this behaviour.

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Mike Bartram

Fri 8th Dec 2017 11:23

Hello
Thanks for reading and taking time to comment, much appreciated. I have written several poems on the subject of disabled parking space abuse for a Facebook site dedicated to such a thing.

Therefore I am very sensitive to the issue, and choose my topics and words very carefully, I am certainly well aware not all disabilities are visible.

I am happy to say all my poems on the site have been very well received.

This particular poem is aimed at the obvious fakers, no blue badge, put on limp (which disappears once inside the shop!) etc. It's an attempt to actually add a bit of light 'humour' to the subject.

Thank you again for the comments....Mike.

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 8th Dec 2017 09:51

Hi Mike,

there is no doubt that to fraudulently claim disability is despicable, and to witness what you describe above is frustratingly and pathetically humourous.

There is so much stigma attached to disability and general ill health, even though great steps are being taken to change this.

On a similar note and to highlight the stigma felt by some, I have a war pension which entitles me to free medical prescriptions when needed (not often in my case).

My injuries are not manifest in any way other than to me. I am always asked by the dispensing chemist when collecting my medication whether I have to pay for my prescription, and I always reply that I do not but that I will, this it seems is the reverse of fraudulently claiming allowances.

I know I am not the only person that does this.

I suppose what I am trying to say is that when questioning the legitimacy of someones disability, we have to be aware that we may not be armed with all the information we require. That said, I fully agree that the actions you describe are indefensible.

David.

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kJ Walker

Fri 8th Dec 2017 07:04

Hi Mike. I too get where you're coming from, but you have to remember that not all disabilities are visible.
My niece, who looks perfectly fit, but is unable to stand for long was once forced to give up her seat on a bus.
As Ray says, blue badges aren't handed out willy nilly.
You do make a good point though, there are some fakers out there, and they do spoil it for the rest.

Cheers Kevin

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raypool

Thu 7th Dec 2017 22:10

HI Mike. While I get where you're coming from regarding those who defraud the authorities re false benefits, I must say that is very hard to obtain a genuine parking badge; and only those who have incurable ailments qualify for them. I should know - my wife has one and it is a godsend.

Ray

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